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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 1:54AM
Beautiful capture. Love the light and POV.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 Jul 2012 2:13AM
Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----

Great picture though!
tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
10 Jul 2012 2:30AM
That is a purple Martin Sandy. They are 1/3rd or more larger than the barn or tree swallow. In 2003 a university in Oregon had Martin houses installed on pylons from Northern California up to Campbell River, Vancouver Island BC. Ca.

There regular homes were old hollow tree snags and we clever humans cut them all down. Their numbers dropped then, but now they are fully restored due to human supplied housing.

The nesting boxes you mentioned could be your local program or an extension of the Oregon effort. Main thing though...a happy ending. TG
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 Jul 2012 2:31AM

Quote:Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----

Great picture though!

that's exactly what I thought too. But they do have a lot of blue on them. The swallows I've seen at home have more emerald green. But sure resembles a swallow.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 Jul 2012 2:32AM
Thanks Tony. It's so good when somebody can answer these questions.
tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
10 Jul 2012 2:34AM
That looks like a juvenile or female. The mature male is all very dark navy in colour. OOoops, I should have said, 'Their' regular homes....above. TG
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 4:37AM
Some of the things we do to other creatures is sometimes hard to ....... Smile But a wonderful image, and a happy outcome.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Jul 2012 5:36AM
Well captured, Sandy, a beautiful colour. Carol
tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
10 Jul 2012 6:00AM
I think the Purple Martin label may be a mistake.. While this bird has a shoulder collar and the tree swallow has a white chest and No collar a juvenile Martin seemed logical.

Using the barbed wire as a size comparison this one looks small for a Martin. The more likely ident may be a variation on the tree swallow.

Sorry to mislead, but I would rather try for accuracy rather than worry about losing face.

I have all the bird books and still we are often left guessing. TG

Maybe your informant was rare as to be unlisted. it is a swallow though.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:06AM
Beautiful capture.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:01AM
brilliant detail sandy wonderful colour and tones love the pose a cracker nice one Wink
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:48AM
Lovely image Daisy.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
10 Jul 2012 8:52AM
Some debate as to it's species, but a very good image of this Martin/Swallow Sandy Smile
9 10 10 England
10 Jul 2012 8:57AM
I'll leave identification to those much more knowledgable than me although Martin seems good. Whatever Sandy you have an excellent capture to be proud of.Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
10 Jul 2012 9:36AM
Nicely captured, Sandy. I'd played around in google images before reading the above comments and it did resemble best a tree swallow.

Herge88 11 40 4 England
10 Jul 2012 10:20AM
Bird on a wire eh? good dof here makes the subject stand out.

Best Matt
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
10 Jul 2012 11:24AM
Whatever he is, he's a fine looking chap! Smile Lovely capture, Sandy Wink
Trev Smile
10 Jul 2012 11:25AM
great song that one bird on a wire as long as it sang by jennifer Warnes good capture and barbed wire adds Sandy

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
10 Jul 2012 12:48PM
Whichever variety this little bird turns out to be, he/she/it is very lovely and I can only hope survives to swell the numbers!

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
10 Jul 2012 1:47PM
Good shot Sandy with it sitting on the wire.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
10 Jul 2012 3:10PM
What a wonderful capture and so interesting to read Tony's comments.

sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 3:11PM
Whatever his/her species he is its a very attractive bird - well spotted and captured
10 Jul 2012 3:36PM
What a lovely capture,great write up about it Sandy..Lin
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:38PM
Looks like a Swallow to me too

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:03PM
Sandy what a delight
a beautiful capture
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Jul 2012 1:46AM

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